On Tuesday, December 30, Raymore’s judge, Stacy Lett was officially sworn in as Associate Circuit Judge Division III. Friends spoke on her behalf, telling stories about how they came to meet.
Mr. Fordyce, a longtime friend of Judge Lett started the ceremony on a more serious note. He’s known her since she was only 17 when they worked together at Western Auto and he could see then what a hard worker she was and her determination to succeed. As Mr. Fordyce pointed to Lett’s parents he stated, “There are some wonderful, hardworking people with huge open hearts. People can work hard. People have good hearts, but to put that combination together is something not everybody has.” Referencing the cliché, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, he said, “Stacy is definitely proof of that.”
As her friend and colleague, Shayla Taulbee stood at the podium. Her opening remarks were, “I am glad to be here on such a special day for her.” She continued to embellish on all of Judge Lett’s accomplishments, “Graduating college in three years, the police academy, law school and then she made partner at a law firm at 27, and that firm grew because of her efforts to where she needed a second location down south before she was even 30.” She closed with, “Some people who don’t know her may look at her and just think, oh, just a young, beautiful woman. Which she is, but there’s so much more. And she is a force to be reckoned with and to be taken seriously and I think, honestly, you taught me you can be both.”
Stacy’s husband, Chris Gough said, “She enjoyed her time in Raymore tremendously. She’s sad to leave Raymore.” However, it was time to take the next step and begin a new chapter of their life. “This is an incredible day in the history of our family. It’s been a whirlwind of events since I met Stacy in 2006. When I first met her I was overwhelmed by how much passion, drive and determination this girl has,” he said.
She said, “I’m honored and privileged to be here and I’m here because of all of you.” She also wanted to recognize her late grandfather, Joe, who held a very special place in her heart. She said, “I couldn’t be here without him. He knew the passion and ambition and drive I had since I was eight years old.” She continued to tell a story regarding a tragedy that she was involved in when she was 16 years old with a friend who did not make it and she did and how it was very ironic that her sister presented her with a letter last year that had been written by her grandfather in 1995 but was never given to her. He wrote, “You have an opportunity to make the most of your narrowly spared life by seeking it to maximum fulfillment and your responsibilities to live it with such a sense of service.” She said, “I am so proud today that I feel like at least to this point I’ve served life with a service through being a part of the Eastern Jackson County Youth Court when I was a kid all the way through helping build the Cass County Youth Program through being a Judge in the City of Raymore and now I’m granted the greatest opportunity, to serve Cass County.”
“I teach the number one thing at Cass County Youth Court to all my kids is to serve justice no matter what role you’re in; prosecutor, defense attorney or the judge. I can make a devout promise that I will do everything I can to serve justice.”
As she motioned over to the other judges in the room, she said, “I can’t wait to work with them and learn from them.”
With her husband, Chris and their son, Grayson by her side she was sworn in.